The 10 Best Sandals Under $50

Fergalicious "Supreme" gladiator, $49.99, Amazon

I have a confession. I married a man who likes comfortable shoes. It’s a chronic condition, and apparently there’s no cure. His mom told me he was pretty much born that way. His need for comfort pretty much informs all of his shoe-buying decisions, but it came to a head one night, when he decided he needed to let go of a new pair of Ferragamo dress shoes.

“Are you giving those away?”

“Yeah, I can’t wear them. They hurt my feet.”

“But they’re flat.”

“They pinch and I can’t walk in them.”

“But they’re flat.”

“I can’t wiggle my toes.”

“But they’re flat.”

I may be paraphrasing a little bit, but the conversation went pretty much exactly like that.

I didn’t say what I was really thinking: “Comfort should not be your first priority so if they are cool you should wear them and they are cool because I chose them for you and by the way all flat shoes are comfortable because they’re flat and how you can complain when I wear stilettos and you don’t hear me complaining and I haven’t felt my feet since I was 17 but I have my priorities straight and would never walk away from a pair of expensive designer shoes because they pinched my feet or whatever.”

I said none of this, but he knew. He backed out of the room, muttering something about arch support.

So here’s the BeautyMommy position on flats: “When in doubt, wear heels.”

Okay, so that’s not exactly taking a stand.

I see flats the way I see floss. Occasionally necessary, but not fun. Can they be cute? Of course. Adorable, even. But they lack swagger and sass and the ability to make your legs look miles long. Still, this season, flats are everywhere, and flat sandals in particular have that breezy beachy vibe that everyone loves in the summer. Plus, they’re an excellent substitute for these.

black flip flops

And these:

wedge flops

And especially these:

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Now that the unpleasantness is behind us, let’s move on, shall we? Here, a glossary of the styles, and the 10 best sandals under $50.

1. Gladiator Sandal

Definition: Open-toed t-bar style with multiple straps running across the foot and around the ankle.

If your legs are short, beware of ankle straps, which can cut your legs off and make them appear shorter. To counteract this, choose a style in a nude color. Gladiators with straps that go all the way up the leg are actually lengthening, however. Also, some of them can be a pain to lace up.

Fergalicious "Supreme" gladiator, $49.99, Amazon

Fergalicious “Supreme” gladiator, $49.99, Amazon

Michael Antonio "Deanna" gladiator, $49, Amazon

Michael Antonio “Deanna” gladiator, $49, Amazon

2. Single Strap Sandal

Definition: An open toe style with a single strap across the top.

This is one of the most versatile styles, and therefore one of the most popular. Many of these feature ankle straps as well. These are easy to wear with everything from shorts to skirts and dresses.

Vince Camuto "Ryker" sandal, $29.99, Amazon

Vince Camuto “Ryker” sandal, $29.99, Amazon

Breckelles "Kylee" vegan leather sandal, $22, Amazon

Breckelles “Kylee” vegan leather sandal, $22, Amazon

3. Double Strap Sandal

Definition: An open toe style with two straps across the top.

This super-trendy style tends to be a little more casual, and comes in everything from a slip-on slide to an ankle-strap style.

Nature Breeze double strap flat espadrilles, $16.99, Amazon

Nature Breeze double strap flat espadrilles, $16.99, Amazon

Mango double strap sandal, $39.99, Amazon

Mango double strap sandal, $39.99, Amazon

4. Classic Sandal

Definition: An old-fashioned schoolgirl favorite, reimagined for grown-ups.

Versatile, this style can be worn with everything, and pairs particularly well with the season’s boho styles.

"Clementine" sandal, starting at $26.38, Amazon

“Clementine” sandal, starting at $26.38, Amazon

Saltwater sandal, $39.70, MySaltwaterSandals.com

Saltwater sandal, $39.70, MySaltwaterSandals.com

5. Avarcas-Style Sandals

Definition: A traditional Spanish style featuring a wide strap with an open toe.

True Avarcas sandals are handmade in Spain and, while still affordable, are usually more than $50. These styles offer the look without the price.

Sullys Spanish style wedge sandal, $16.50, Amazon

Sullys Spanish style wedge sandal, $16.50, Amazon

Soda spanish style sandals, $21.99, Amazon

Soda spanish style sandals, $21.99, Amazon

6. Flatform Sandals

Definition: Any sandal featuring a thick, flat platform sole.

Flatforms are super-trendy and part of the whole “ugly shoe” thing going on in fashion right now. These options are a little less extreme and easier to wear than most.

Wanted "Mello" sandal, $39.99, Amazon

Wanted “Mello” sandal, $39.99, Amazon

Ruaye "Vacation" strappy sandals, $17.99, Amazon

Ruaye “Vacation” strappy sandals, $17.99, Amazon

7. Huarache

Definition: A leather sandal with an upper consisting of woven strips, originally worn by Mexican Indians, according to Google

A close cousin to the fisherman sandal (and often misnamed as one), huaraches usually feature closely woven strips of leather that cover much of the foot – great for days when your pedicure is past its prime!

Seychelles "Into Thin Air" sandal, starting at $48.78, Amazon

Seychelles “Into Thin Air” sandal, starting at $48.78, Amazon

DV by Dolce Vita "Zena" huarache, starting at $21.99, Amazon

DV by Dolce Vita “Zena” huarache, starting at $21.99, Amazon

8. Fisherman Sandals

Definition: A traditional style featuring woven strips of leather in a more open design that usually covers the toe.

Another smart choice when you want to cover your toes, a modern fisherman style is pretty and feminine, in spite of its name. These are a little bit more casual, but work great with sundresses and shorts alike.

Forever Link "Vera" sandal, $11.99, Amazon

Forever Link “Vera” sandal, $11.99, Amazon

Bare Traps "Fanya" sandal, starting at $28.99, Amazon

Bare Traps “Fanya” sandal, starting at $28.99, Amazon

9. T-Strap Sandals

Definition: A sandal with straps in the shape of a T, with one central strap running the length of the shoe.

T-straps are classic and girly, and can be dressed up more easily than other styles.

Alexis Leroy t-strap sandal, $16.99, Amazon

Alexis Leroy t-strap sandal, $19.99, Amazon

Paradise t-strap sandals, $19.99, Amazon

Paradise t-strap sandals, $19.99, Amazon

10. Slides

Definition: A slip-on style with no straps at the back.

These got their start with the rubber sporty styles a couple of years back, but fortunately, they’ve been upgraded. These styles are feminine and can be worn with virtually anything.

Nine West "Xeerie" sandal, starting at $47.40, Amazon

Nine West “Xeerie” sandal, starting at $47.40, Amazon

Seychelles "City Slicker" dress sandal, starting at $24.99, Amazon

Seychelles “City Slicker” dress sandal, starting at $24.99, Amazon

Sure, you can still wear the thong sandals you’ve loved for the past few years, but with so many tempting new sandal styles in stores, you may want to make your next pair one of these 10 trendy styles.

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